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Question 7 - We should be taking Jesus and his apostles as an example and teaching people what is commanded in the Bible. They wanted to see people doing what God intends so they can enter the kingdom of heaven. Sorry if this sounds too hard but I am aware that Jesus and the apostles said things like below. This is not directed to you personally. It is just an example of what could be said to groups of rebellious people.
Jesus and his apostles were extremely bold and gave either their jobs or money away to do God's ministry, unlike most people today who who do not follow their example. What would Jesus and the apostles say to people today? The information is also based on the information in Question 5 and that I heard if you earn as much as a pension in Australia you are in the top 10% of income earners in the world.
Where the word fortunate is used, it indicates a financial advantage in this world. This advantage does not indicate a person is hard working or honest. God therefore expects people to use this advantage for God's will.
Remember the apostles accused people of murdering Jesus when they did not directly do it. Some of them among the group accused, may not even have supported it. People were called thieves when they were not stealing in man's view. Some of the verses below refer to people as, hypocrites, vipers, liars, murderers and betrayers. Instead of saying some people are murderers they said you are murderers. They stated ye which means you who would be the people they were talking to. This was probably to stir them up more so they would do something about their life, repent and believe. Weaker talk has less of an impact. Some of the people referred to in the below verses were actually believers in the church who had the wrong idea. Some of the bolder remarks also included in the bible verses are: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.; Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers; Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money; Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor; He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; be content with your wages; O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?; Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?; Thou hypocrite, ye have made it a den of thieves; Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.; Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified.
The below verses indicate that the church is too lukewarm and not bold or hot enough. Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Would the apostles say the below to the people of today? How would we do it? As an act of love, should we say something like below to people obviously in error to stir them so that they will repent and become strong believers?
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Should the Christian church be bold like Jesus Christ and the Apostles?
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